Ecolab’s Water University Teaches Business How to Better Manage Water

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Water is a precious commodity that is in increasing demand. Global water demand is projected to grow by 55 percent by 2050. It will take a 60 percent increase in agricultural production and a 15 percent increase in water withdrawals to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Presently, 70 percent of global water withdrawals are for agriculture.

Business holds the key to good water management. However, only 42 percent of those who responded to a recent survey by Ecolab and GreenBiz Group cited water management as a strategic corporate initiative. Of the 184 businesses surveyed, 82 percent said they are not sufficiently using advanced tools and technologies to better manage their water use. 

Enter Water University, created by Ecolab and Nalco Water, Ecolab’s global water management business. Officially dedicated on October 23 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nalco Water’s Naperville, Illinois campus, Water University is a hands-on training facility for Nalco Water clients and associates. The aim of Water University is to provide tools and training to businesses need to manage water more efficiently.

“With Water University we’re aiming to creating the global hub for water science, technology and education to help industry grow in a water scarce world,” Emilio Tenuta, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for Ecolab told Justmeans. “Water University will support customers and associates developing expertise and knowledge in a high-tech learning environment.

Water University is expected to host over 2,200 global visitors in 2018. The reason why is that it is a virtual one-stop shop for learning how to better manage water. It focuses on a number of key areas, including:

  • Providing expertise
  • Ensuring compliance with regulations
  • Providing individual and team training
  • Assisting with sustainable knowledge transfer
  • Increasing the knowledge of total water management solutions and best practices
  • Providing understanding of how digital automation tools increase operating efficiency and support reaching sustainability goals

There are over 200 researchers at Water University to help businesses ranging in size from a small business to a Fortune 500 company better manage water. It includes a customer experience center, a training facility and wet lab, an auditorium and a system assurance center. Tenuta explained that in the customer experience center, “visitors hear more about Ecolab’s businesses and applications across all industries.” In the training facility and wet-lab, they get hands-on learning experience that addresses their specific needs. “Guided by our experts they can learn about technologies, equipment and solutions for cooling and boiler treatment, membranes or corrosion prevention to name a few,” he added.

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